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Jorge Arango

Information Architect

Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:29:20 +0000


Seeing Clearlyjarango

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 19:34:11 +0000

You can’t act skillfully if you don’t have a good understanding of your context and situation. We say we want to “see clearly,” but this is obviously a metaphor; you don’t need the sense of sight to know what’s going on. What you do need is an open mind. Questioning things, especially things you take […]

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Measuring Progress From the Trenchesjarango

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:32:42 +0000

These days I find myself taking a short-term perspective toward my work, even as I advocate more long-term thinking. While the irony of this situation isn’t lost on me, execution requires that I focus on the here, now, and next. My current commitments — teaching a weekly class, speaking at various events, this daily blog, […]

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Responding to Undetectable Signals in the Environmentjarango

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:46:21 +0000

Walking is my favorite exercise and preferred means of conveyance. I love experiencing places from the pedestrian’s perspective and at the pedestrian’s pace: thoughtfully, consciously. I have a fast gait, much to the annoyance of my friends and loved ones. This also annoys me in two situations: when I’m walking in a crowded sidewalk and […]

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Design and Implementation Trade-offsjarango

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:53:39 +0000

A couple of days ago I wrote about how important it is for designers to know their materials. The material for interaction designers is code, so a baseline understanding of what code can and can’t do is essential for designers to be effective. I learned this principle in one of my favorite books: The Art […]

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Team Moodsjarango

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:50:56 +0000

I was once part of a team that was going through a rough patch. We’d been through two reorganizations in eighteen months — not good for morale — and now we’d had a sudden change in leadership. (Which is to say: we found ourselves with no leadership.) There was no vision of the future, no […]

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How Do You Know?jarangohumorism

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 18:17:07 +0000

Your mental models influence how you think about things and how you act. For example, a long time ago the primary model in medicine was that the body contained four basic fluids, known as humors. Humors were related to different temperaments, and imbalances between them caused different diseases: This model influenced medical practice for more […]

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Know Your Materialsjarango

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:41:51 +0000

One of the main things I learned when I learned to paint with oils is how deeply the characteristics of the materials involved — canvas, gesso, oil, pigments, solvents — influence the form of the work. As a painter, you think differently when working with oils than when working with acrylics or watercolors. The same […]

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Reducing Ambiguity in Labelsjarango

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:41:21 +0000

When my family and I moved to the U.S., we left some bulky stuff behind in storage. Last year we contracted a company to ship it to our home in California. Shipping big, heavy things internationally requires a lot more paperwork than mailing a small package, so in the process, I’ve been exposed to lots […]

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Book Notes: “Planning for Everything”jarango

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:38:31 +0000

Planning for Everything: The Design of Paths and Goals By Peter Morville Semantic Studios, 2018 Planning is essential, and many of us don’t do it very well. Fear, uncertainty, and powerlessness hold us back. Our lives are messy, and the challenges we face are multi-faceted and complex. Who better than one of the world’s most […]

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Growing Your Area of Concernjarango

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:49:42 +0000

Imagine you’re a designer in a team tasked with bringing a product to market. What’s your area of concern? Perhaps you think of design as your area of concern. You may measure success by the quality of the experiences people have using the product; user testing may validate (or disprove) this. You could also take […]

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